Daily Archives: August 11, 2011

‘Green’ power bubble leaking air badly

Wind farm developers face new risk under ‘Rebid’ model
By: Eleanor Seggie

Government recently chose to abandon the renewable-energy feed-in tariff (Refit) model, favouring competitive bidding, or ‘Rebid’, and this is set to rock the renewable-energy industry, particularly wind farm developers.

Wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies director Dr Kilian Hagemann says the wind, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal industries tried to persuade, to no avail, the Department of Energy and the National Treasury that a Refit was needed and competitive price bidding would destroy the industry. He was a speaker at the recent Renewable Energy Africa 2011 conference, held in Sandton. (Engineering News)


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Europe desperate to become a quiet provincial backwater

Airlines fight EU rules on air quality
Fees could cost carriers billions
Tim Devaney

The European Union is starting to look like an environmental bully in the friendly skies — and the behavior could end up pushing global carriers out of its airspace.

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Somewhat bizarre BOEMRE investigation of polar bear biologist

We haven’t had much to say about this because it’s not at all clear what’s going on. Is Monnett being harassed or is it over pay-for-review? Certainly something is dodgy and the sooner all is revealed the better for all concerned.

Is BOEMRE Harrassing Polar Bear Biologist Charles Monnett?
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Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Aug 11th 2011

Spongebob goes bad, a hippie goes to jail and the Chicago Climate Exchange goes under. (Daily Bayonet)

Matt Briggs wonders whether scientific papers are becoming worse (we wonder anyone doubts it)

Are Scientific Papers Becoming Worse?

The United States Football League began in 1983 with twelve cities, many of which already had an NFL team. The level of play was decidedly inferior to the “senior” league because, of course, the better men were already in the NFL. Still, the organizers thought that more football was wanted, even though the quality would not be on par with what fans had come to expect.

But people failed to love the expansion league, and it never did well enough to be able to pay top talent. It only lasted three years, folding in 1985.

This is a familiar story in sports. With a given population and infrastructure, there’s only so much top talent to go around. You can’t expand indefinitely and expect consistent quality.

The same must be so of professors at universities. There are only so many great brains to go around. It’s true that as the population grows there are more potential recruits into the white-coat leagues. And when training in the youth associations—i.e., math clubs, science fairs, band—is functioning well, there is a better chance that prospects will be recruited.

But again, you can’t expand indefinitely and expect consistent quality. And the professoriate has certainly expanded and is continuing to expand. It’s college for all! regardless whether most can handle the rigors.

It’s natural to wonder how much the swelling of the ranks and the dilution of talent accounts for the Wall Street Journal’s findings in “Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge.”

Seems retractions by journals have gone from near none ten years ago to well over 300 the past two years. Some of these retractions are from the authors of the papers themselves, after they conscientiously notice their mistakes, but many others are from the editorial boards of the journals after they identify various shenanigans of the authors.

The growth in shoddy work has been so explosive that the blog Retraction Watch has popped up to document the flood. First two headlines: “A quick Physical Review Letters retraction after author realizes analysis was ‘performed incorrectly’” and “Cal Poly Pomona education researcher leaves post after rampant plagiarism is revealed.” What a depressing site! (William M. Briggs)

Deep Green Resistance: Annihilate Western Civilization

Deep Green Resistance: Annihilate Western Civilization

Source:  The Blaze

“Do we need a militant movement to save the planet (and ourselves)?”

That was the question posed in recent article on the left-wing site Alternetwhen it interviewed a group of radical environmentalists who are allegedly endorsing “Decisive Ecological Warfare.” And in order to realize their goal of ridding the planet of industrial civilization — even modern agriculture —  the group intends to employ tactics “of both militaries and insurgents the world over.”

One of the activists, Derrick Jensen, allegedly even believes those who destroy the environment should be summarily executed:   “If it were up to me, all the people associated with the Gulf oil spill, which is murdering the Gulf, would be executed. That would be part of the function of a state,” said Jensen.

In addition to Jensen, the two other environmentalists interviewed in the article  – Lierre Keith, and Aric McBay — have spearheaded a fringe movement called the “Deep Green Resistance” (with a book of the same name) that calls for “direct attacks on infrastructure” and an annihilation of civilization as we know it.

According to the far-left triumvirate, humanity must devolve into living primitive, “indigenous” lifestyles. To this end, Keith targeted a litany of ills that must be stopped, declaring: “We need a culture that is self-consciously oppositional to things like corporate power, capitalism, industrialization and ultimately civilization, because that is the arrangement of power on this planet right now.”

But how does the group intend to implement such extreme goals?  That is where the Decisive Ecological Warfare part comes in. According to DGR’s website, their type of warfare has four phases that will allegedly lead up to the “fall of industrial civilization.” The first phase, according to the organization’s charter, is “Networking & Mobilization“ followed by ”Sabotage & Asymmetric Action.” The site lays out the group’s strategy: (SPPI)

Another manifestation of Agenda 21?

Another manifestation of Agenda 21?
by Dennis Ambler

 Australian state government bans mining ‘forever’

The government of South Australia has announced its intention to ban mining in perpetuity in the Arkaroola region in the northern part of the state, citing the region’s unique character and sensitive environmental, cultural and heritage values. Arkaroola includes the Mt Gee uranium deposit, with estimated indicated and inferred resources totalling over 31,000 tonnes U3O8 (26,300 tU), for which South Australian exploration company Marathon Resources holds an exploration lease. (SPPI)

What does the ‘E’ in Environmentalist stand for?

What does the ‘E’ in Environmentalist stand for? Ego, exaggeration, and error’, says Marcus Gibson, ex-Financial Times journalist

‪’Global warming speech’, by Marcus Gibson, at the Oxford Union, Oxford, UK.‬‏ – YouTube

[13-minute video] What does the ‘E’ in Environmentalist stand for? Ego, exaggeration, and error’, says Marcus Gibson, ex-Financial Times journalist, who demolishes the claims of the global warming clique at the famous Oxford Union debate, on July 14th, 2011. Marcus is the only journalist to have interviewed all of the key members of Royal Society who rebelled against the ‘catastrophe’ theory accepted by the council at the society – and finally got its stance radically changed. Marcus Gibson disputes the conventional view held by the global warming clique. (Tom Nelson)

The Hi-Tech Agriculture Imperative

The Hi-Tech Agriculture Imperative
By Douglas Nelson and Alexander Rinkus

For two centuries we have been winning the battle to maintain an adequate food supply. There is still much more to be done.

Crop protection products have long played a significant role in agriculture. Since humanity evolved from nomadic hunter-gatherers to a sedentary agrarian people, we have struggled to provide for ourselves while battling the pests of nature that compete with us for the same food. The fossil record demonstrates that insects from 390 million years ago fed on early land plants, while humans have cultivated those same plants for only 10,000 years. Insects have obviously had a long head start on capturing the nutrients of these plants for themselves. Without a consistent way to feed their people, empires have fallen and wars have been waged in the battle to maintain an adequate food supply. It was only two centuries ago that new methods for pest control fueled population growth and spurred an intellectual revolution that continues today. (The American)

‘Settled science’ delivers two dramatically different conclusions

UCI studies find different reasons for global methane riddle
One cites less dependency on oil, the other new farming practices

Irvine, Calif. – Two new UC Irvine papers reach markedly different conclusions about why methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, unexpectedly leveled off near the end of the 20th century. They appear today in the journal Nature.

Both note that after decades of increases due to worldwide industry and agriculture, the tapering off of the hazardous hydrocarbon in the atmosphere – which began in the 1980s – was remarkable.

“It was an amazing mystery as to why this occurred,” said earth system science professor Eric Saltzman, a co-author of one paper, which suggests that reduced use of petroleum and increased capture and commercial use of natural gas were the driving factors.

A second UCI paper found that water efficiency and heavier commercial fertilizer use in the booming Asian farming sector provided less fertile ground for soil microbes that create methane, while at the same time increasing nitrous oxide, another greenhouse gas. (EurekAlert)

Roger Pielke Sr. highlights paper exposing serious error in ERA-40 Reanalysis

Indictment Of The ERA-40 Reanalysis In A New Paper “Erroneous Arctic Temperature Trends in the ERA-40 Reanalysis: A Closer Look” By Screen and Simmonds 2011

There is a new paper which is critical of the ERA-40 Reanalysis. This is an important issue as this data set has been used in long-term climate studies; e.g. see which has over 2000 citations in the peer-reviewed literature according to google scholar. The new paper is

Screen, James A., Ian Simmonds, 2011: Erroneous Arctic Temperature Trends in the ERA-40 Reanalysis: A Closer Look. J. Climate, 24, 2620–2627. doi: 10.1175/2010JCLI4054.1. (Roger Pielke Sr.)